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Russian Foreign Ministry Praises UN Security Council Resolution on MH17 Crash

RIA Novosti

11:44 22/07/2014

MOSCOW, July 22 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Foreign Ministry has given a high assessment to the UN Security Council's resolution on the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine and believes the call for all warring sides to halt military activity an important point in the resolution.

The Russian Foreign Ministry believes important that the resolution "carries a call to all warring parties to cease military activities in the region near the crash site and provide access to [the site] to investigative organs, the OSCE special monitoring mission in Ukraine, and other international organizations aiding in the investigation."

"We believe that such a poignant incident like the catastrophe of a passenger airplane should be investigated with the active role of a competent body, which is the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and, moreover, similar decisions have already been made by the Security Council in the past," the ministry said in a statement.

"While working on Australia's draft, the Russian side assumed impossibility of bias when determining the possible perpetrators of the catastrophe or second-guessing the results of the investigation," the ministry stated.

"As a result of intense consultations we managed to get to a draft where the need for truly independent and impartial international investigation based on international aviation principles and with a critical role played by ICAO is emphasized. Russia is ready to provide full assistance to this investigation, including experts in respective fields,' the ministry added.

On July 21 the UN Security Council adopted a resolution Monday demanding that those responsible for the incident be held accountable and that all military activities near the crash site be immediately ceased to allow for security and safety of the international probe.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed near the town of Torez in Donetsk Region on July 17, killing all the 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board.

The Ukrainian government and militia in the country's southeast have been trading blame for the alleged downing of the Boeing 777 ever since reports suggested foul play, with independence supporters saying they do not have the required technology to shoot down a moving target at altitude of 32,000 feet.

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